An Anthology of Somali Poetry

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-09-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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"This is a fascinating and unusual collection that deserves attention." -- Bloomsbury Review"... this anthology of poetry is a breath of fresh air. It provides the reader with the means of gaining a deeper insight into Somali life through what is to the Somalis their most important cultural form, namely, poetry." -- Bulletin of the School of Irental & African Studies"This affordable and beautifully produced book is a small jewel in the field of Somali studies, as it is the fruit of over forty years of dedicated linguistic and literary scholarship by one of the most thorough and accurate translators and analysts of Somali poetry, B. W. Andrzejewski." -- International Journal of African Historical StudiesSomalia has been called "a nation of poets." This volume makes available in beautiful English translation the very best, and most universal, of Somali poetry, from the 19th century to the present. With appendixes covering the oral and written medium, the pronunciation of Somali words, alliteration and scansion, selected bibliography, and sources.

Author Biography

B. W. ANDRZEJEWSKI is Emeritus Professor of Cushitic Languages and Literatures in the University of London, where he was a faculty member of the School of Oriental and African Studies from 1952 to 1982. SHEILA ANDRZEJEWSKI (n+Če Weekes) accompanied her husband on most of his research travels and shares his interest in the literary culture of Somalia.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
To the Camelsp. 7
A Broken Betrothalp. 9
A Horse Beyond Comparep. 9
Riposte to a Young Opponent in a Poetic Duelp. 12
Old Agep. 13
A Young Sultan Speaks to His Peoplep. 14
Guulside the Victory Bearerp. 15
Seventy and Ten Yearsp. 17
Camel Rustling - 1p. 19
Camel Rustling - 2p. 21
The Death of a Friendp. 24
A Fine War Horsep. 27
A Land of Droughtp. 32
Treasonp. 33
A Terrible Journeyp. 36
Follyp. 41
Perhaps the Trumpet Has Soundedp. 42
A Prayer for Maryamp. 46
The Lion's Sharep. 48
Change of Commandp. 51
A Hoopoe Rebukedp. 52
Listen, O Truckp. 54
Fleeting Joysp. 55
What Will Come Next?p. 57
Equalityp. 59
The Stolen Wifep. 62
In Praise of Barni Sheekhp. 63
Dissimulationp. 65
A Vain Lovep. 66
A Visionp. 67
The Messengerp. 67
A Chief Is Thanked for the Gift of a Horsep. 69
Where True Profit Liesp. 72
In Praise of Werisp. 76
The Serpentp. 79
A Lover's Fearsp. 85
Happy Marriagep. 86
The Betrayed Girlp. 87
Bitter and Sweetp. 88
At the Grave of Cilmi Bowndherip. 90
Beledweynp. 93
App. I: The Oral and the Written Mediump. 99
App. II: Pronunciation of Somali Wordsp. 101
App. III: Alliteration and Scansionp. 103
App. IV: Selected Bibliographyp. 105
App. V: Sourcesp. 109
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